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Sexism fail? EOC’s sexual harassment video criticised for showing mostly female victims

The Equal Opportunities Commission has come under fire after releasing a video showing mostly women as victims of sexual harassment.

“Fight Sexual Harassment: Speak Out” was published on Youtube in English, Cantonese and Mandarin last week to promote awareness of the Sexual Discrimination Ordinance. The 31-second video depicts sexual harassment victims – a waitress, a flight attendant, a nurse, a beer sales girl and a man in a suit – looking troubled after being harassed.

“Don’t stay silent, whether it is physical, or verbal, or any form of sexual harassment, it is unlawful,” says the video.

Due to the unclear plot, many viewers failed to recognise the man as a victim. In the video, he is shocked to see a harassing message left by a female client who has just left the dinner table. Some mistook the woman who left as the victim of sexual harassment.

“Only women are victims?” a viewer questioned.

“The EOC is leading in discrimination against men,” another said.

The Cantonese version of the video has been watched over 3,000 times as of Monday. Most comments left under the video pointed to the “male discrimination” problem.

The equality watchdog told Oriental Daily that it could not include all potential victims of sexual harassment in only half a minute. The EOC said it will take into consideration different views in future promotional materials.

Sexism fail? EOC's sexual harassment video criticised for showing mostly female victims